Feeling overwhelmed from lupus or the daily grind? Art therapy may offer stress relief and a non-verbal outlet.
Stress is a well-known trigger when it comes to lupus and other autoimmune diseases. During periods of high stress, both emotional and physical, people with lupus report increases in symptoms. And, research suggests that it may lead to flares via an amplification of cytokine production.
The benefits of non-medication therapies are still being studied. However, preliminary research across many diseases has shown value of these treatment strategies, particularly as it relates to stress management and reduction. Many early studies explore the value for people with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Common non-traditional therapies include: